Below is what happened in search today, as reported onSearch Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Novice or Expert: SMX East Program Has Sessions For You
    The Search Marketing Expo – SMX East agenda — featuring more than 50 sessions — is now posted. We’ve organized the program to make planning your conference experience easy. Sessions are grouped into themed tracks based on your area of interest such as the Paid Search Track, Brands Track and…
  • Yahoo Gives Inquisitor, Mac Browser Plugin, First Upgrade
    The Yahoo Search Blog announced that they have released a new version of my favorite search browser plugin named Inquisitor. The upgrade makes the Apple Safari search plugin faster, cleaner, and multi-lingual. By faster, Yahoo has integrated Inquisitor with BOSS, enabling a faster return on your Yahoo queries. Yahoo has…
  • What Are Search Blogs Talking About?
    Lee Odden wrote Word Visualization on Search Marketing Blogs, where he used a tool named Wordle to show what the search blogs are actually talking about. Wordle forms a tag cloud of the most used words and phrases on a particular blog. The neat part is that Wordle allows you…
  • Google Consolidates “Places” On Earth, Will Fill In The Blanks On Maps
    Google is seeking to simplify and consolidate some of the multi-media content on Google Earth associated with particular places. Accordingly, it has created a “Places” layer that tries to bring together a variety of content on a single page about a place. A gray box, which Google likens to a…
  • Bidding On Competitors’ Branded Terms: Moral Dilemma Or Business Decision?
    Admit it. You know you’ve thought about it. Yet you hesitate. Chances are, you’re probably conflicted, wondering if it’s morally right, or if you really want to “go there” – even if it is legal. Well, you’re not alone. Many search marketers grapple with this decision at one time…
  • Key Takeaways From SMX Advanced For In-House SEMs
    Perhaps for the first time ever I’m guilty of being slack. Either that or I’ve been seriously buried (a condition I’m sure most in-house SEMs are quite familiar with). Although there was some great live blogging of SMX Advanced, nobody to my knowledge summarized key takeaways for in-house search…
  • Yahoo’s Fire Eagle Location “Switchboard” Comes Out Of Private Beta
    Earlier today I was at the Brickhouse in San Francisco as Tom Coates, head of the Fire Eagle team, announced the release of Fire Eagle, which had been in private beta. The offering is intended to be something of a clearinghouse or “switchboard” (Coates’ words) to help users “manage location”…
  • Link Development Realities Versus What We Tell Our Clients
    This week I’m seeking some feedback for a future column with a working title of “Link Development Realities Versus What We Tell Our Clients” The idea for this column came from a client conference call I participated in this past week. As the call progressed, it became more and…

Search News From Around The Web:

Applications & Portal Features

Business Issues

Local, Maps & Mobile

Link Building

Paid Search & Contextual


SEM Industry


Social Media

Other Items

Recent Hot Items From Sphinn, Our Social News Sharing Site:

More: continued here